New Mexico Red Chile Sauce


Red chile is a staple of the New Mexican and West Texan diet, and this recipe is my grandmother's recipe. When I make it, it reminds me of the smells of her cooking in her kitchen, fresh corn tortillas, beans, and red chile peppers. You can kick up the spiciness by adding more arbol chile pods.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
23 mins
Total Time:
43 mins
4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 20 New Mexico dried red chile pods, stemmed and seeded

  • 10 dried chile de arbol peppers, stemmed and seeded

  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 quart chicken stock, or more if needed

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 tablespoon honey (Optional)


  1. Coat the bottom of a heavy saucepan with oil; add chile pods. Toast over medium heat until aromatic, about 3 minutes.

  2. Stir in onion and garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add enough chicken stock to allow pods to float; simmer until they develop the texture of wet leather, 5 to 7 minutes.

  3. Fill blender halfway with chile-stock mixture. Cover and hold lid down with a potholder; pulse a few times before leaving on to blend. Pour into a bowl; repeat with remaining mixture. Strain sauce through a fine mesh strainer into a saucepan over medium heat. Discard solids.

  4. Stir cumin, coriander, and oregano into the saucepan; add honey. Cook until sauce is thick and evenly coats the back of a spoon, about 10 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Open your kitchen windows when you are making this dish. The aroma of the red chiles will make you cough.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

371 Calories
8g Fat
52g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 371
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 712mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 23mg 114%
Calcium 135mg 10%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 141mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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